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Freed by Innocence Project, Wisconsin man takes up cause

  • In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, photo, Jarrett Adams stands outside the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wis. Adam, who spent seven years in prison for a Wisconsin rape before he was cleared, is now an attorney with the Innocence Project in New York and is trying to clear another man of the same crime.  Adams made his first appearance in a Dane County courtroom as an attorney during a hearing in that sexual assault case Tuesday, Feb. 14. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, photo, Jarrett Adams stands outside the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wis. Adam, who spent seven years in prison for a Wisconsin rape before he was cleared, is now an attorney with the Innocence Project in New York and is trying to clear another man of the same crime. Adams made his first appearance in a Dane County courtroom as an attorney during a hearing in that sexual assault case Tuesday, Feb. 14. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, photo, Jarrett Adams stands outside the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wis. Adam, who spent seven years in prison for a Wisconsin rape before he was cleared, is now an attorney with the Innocence Project in New York and is trying to clear another man of the same crime.  Adams made his first appearance in a Dane County courtroom as an attorney during a hearing in that sexual assault case Tuesday, Feb. 14. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, photo, Jarrett Adams stands outside the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wis. Adam, who spent seven years in prison for a Wisconsin rape before he was cleared, is now an attorney with the Innocence Project in New York and is trying to clear another man of the same crime. Adams made his first appearance in a Dane County courtroom as an attorney during a hearing in that sexual assault case Tuesday, Feb. 14. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)  (The Associated Press)

A man who spent seven years in prison for a Wisconsin rape before he was cleared is now an attorney trying to clear another man of the same crime.

Jarrett Adams was 17 in 1998 when a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student accused him and two friends of sexually assaulting her.

Adams was released from prison in 2007, after a federal appeals court agreed with Wisconsin Innocence Project arguments that Adams' attorney failed to call a key witness to the stand during Adams' trial.

Adams earned a law degree in 2015. He's working to free Richard Beranek, who was convicted of raping a woman near Stoughton in 1990.

Adams made his first appearance in a Wisconsin courtroom as an attorney during a hearing Tuesday in Beranek's case.